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Audre Lorde  // Posts tagged as "Audre Lorde"

12 Mar Posted by in • Guest Writers | 2 comments

Reading, Writing, Remission

Reading, Writing, Remission

Two weeks before our current so called president was inaugurated, I began a sequence of chemotherapy treatments, my second in two years, for a new, transformed bout of aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I couldn’t even think about going to the Women’s March in DC or the spin off version here in the Twin Cities. During the […]

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16 Jun Posted by in • Robin Lowey | 1 comment

The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen

The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen

This is the story about a young black girl who came of age during the Jim Crow era in the 1940s and 50s in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and how her early home life and experiences influenced her passions, mission and strategies for survival over six decades. I am inspired by Angela’s story in The Passionate Pursuits […]

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22 Sep Posted by in • Guest Writers | Comments Off on What Has Your Anger Taught you?

What Has Your Anger Taught you?

What Has Your Anger Taught you?

The impetus behind the Notes on Anger series, which I guest edited for Zora Magazine’s summer issue, came from the desire to know how other black women emotionally and psychologically experienced and expressed their anger, while navigating the stereotype of the angry black woman. A stereotype that portrays black lesbians and women as irrationally angry, […]

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Almost Audre’s Birthday!

Almost Audre’s Birthday!

A couple of years ago some women put together a program celebrating Audre Lorde and Pat Parker and I had the pleasure of doing some remembering out loud in front of about 1000 people.  They were almost all women, those who knew the two writers mostly through their work.  But Audre had been my friend…we […]

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Gertrude is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose

Gertrude is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose

Which, of course, includes thorns.  But what good icon doesn’t have thorns? The exhibition at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories” is a stunning evocation of the lesbian writer, art collector (a companion exhibition of her family’s collection is at SFMOMA), and cultural visionary. She’s one of the first literary lesbians […]

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01 Dec Posted by in • Guest Writers | 1 comment

The Lesbians in the ’70s Conference

The Lesbians in the ’70s Conference

I want to share some impressions of the “Lesbians in the ’70s conference” which took place October 8-10 at the CUNY Graduate Center. The conference took place over two almost unbearably intense days. The joint was packed, and not only with lesbians from the ’70s; lots of young, or younger, women were there to learn […]

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08 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on What is Biomythography?

What is Biomythography?

What is Biomythography?

My grandmother was a Hollywood star.  At least in my mind.  She was as glamorous as Dorothy Dandridge or Lauren Bacall.  She’d danced and sang in chorus lines in the 1930s and 40s, the lone Indian among the somewhat lighter-skinned ‘Negro’ chorines.  She’d faced down low-level mobsters in Boston’s South End and left an abusive […]

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Ode to Jill Johnston

Ode to Jill Johnston

When I arrived in New York City in 1971 after graduating from college in Boston I knew only two things for sure:  I wanted to be a writer and I was a lesbian.  I was at a complete loss as to what to do about either of my identities.  I was shy so dropping in […]

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